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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Booked and paid to stay in the Pop Room for 8 nights, lasted for 6 (no refunds). The room was clean and spacious but with no air conditioner we had to leave the windows open at night to get some breeze. Unfortunately this breeze also contained noise and cigarette smoke from people drinking, smoking and swearing loudly on the fire escape stairwell until 2-3am. The common lounge area was a great place to relax with a huge range of videos to watch. The kitchen was basic and the included breakfast was good, but the fridge, freezer and some of the cupboards were really dirty and quite disgusting. The cat that unofficially lived in the backpackers peed in our luggage and friends who stayed in the Country & Western room ended up with bed bug bites.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

This has to be bar none, the best hostel I have stayed in yet. It is so open and airy, and the staff are incredible. You can see the ocean from most of the rooms. There were alot of people that had been there for months and were not planning on going anywhere. It is really like a little community there. It is a bit of a ride if you want to take the train to town, but it is worth it to get out to where it is quiet and relaxing. You cannot go through Brisbane without staying at this hostel for at least a few nights!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

So I just wrote an awesome review, but lost it...anyways noticed some cool things on my second time round, new common rm/kitchen and tidied rooms, maybe painted, not entirely sure, but looked good anyways..It's NOT the most modern thing going, some parts bit old, but cool character.

Can't remember if we did last time, but this time, we went sailing on Sunday, then had an Ozzie BBQ on Monday and then a Pool Comp in the Bar on Tuesday....all the people were really friendly and it is still really casual and family like.

I love the water, so I liked being by the Bay, rather than in City. One thing to note is, it is 25 mins from City, but trains are good and I was over the city anyways, they're smelly!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

This place was recently taken over by the new owners and they were trying so hard to make the necessary improvements. They know that a lot needs to be done but they are approaching it step by step. The were very helpful and took the time to speak with you and even joined in the late night drinking out the back with the other, mostly long stay, backpapers.

Location wise this place is quite a way from Brisbane but if you want to get away from the city it is ideal and a regular train to the centre is only a 10 minute walk away. Many backpapers stay there for this reason.

We booked a double room, which actually meant we got a dorm but to ourselves. Rooms are basic, no air conditioning which in Brisbane is a killer and the blinds did fall down on both windows! The main thing though was it was secure and clean.

I wouldn't say the hostel itself is great value (if you want a private room) but then nothing really is in Oz because it is one hell of an expensive place. It was however comparable with all other hostels. The drinks and meal deals they offer to backpapers in the adjoining restaurant are great value though and plenty of choice. You can get a steak for $10 which in Oz is absolutely great value. The restaurant /bar is a nice place to chill out in the evening.

The main reason for going here is for great access to Moreton Bay, which is amazing. Sadly we only went for a day trip but if you have the time stay longer is is a stunning place. I have not been to Frazier island to compare but I hear it is as good only smaller with less people.

All in all it suited our needs but I'd shop around. It may be a bit cheaper than staying in Brisbane but if you build in the commuting costs into the centre then not really. In actual fact most excursions you book leave from Brisbane so you still have to get there for them.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

We stayed there about a month after the new owners took over and I felt real sorry for them as they had everything go wrong and bad reviews which were from the previous dude. Anyway, they were still friendly, kept it clean and did their best under the circumstances. The location, cheap meals and cosey feeling, would make me go back. Oh and the bed bugs were fumigated apparantly a month or so prior, as the pub across the road had them too....but all was sweet when we were there!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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